Because she was not able to receive her high school year book, classmates of 18-year-old Laura Hillier of Burlington, Canada turned her coffin into one after she lost the battle against acute myeloid leukemia which she had been fighting since she was 13 years old.
For years, Laura underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment but she had to wait a long time for the much-needed stem cell therapy even when she already had a donor match because of the hospital bed shortage in rooms with high air pressure. Such rooms are required for stem cell transplants as these help prevent the spread of infection.
Laura was finally able to receive the stem cell transplant in August 2015 yet her cancer returned in November. Sadly, she died on January 18, 2016. Her funeral was held on January 30.
As a way of saying goodbye to their friend, her friends and classmates wrote heartfelt messages on her casket, essentially transforming it into the yearbook she never got to receive.
A snapshot of the message-filled casket went viral on social media, bringing thousands of netizens to tears.